I can't give you a good answer. As you'll see below, NCAA president Myles Brand kind of made an excuse Thursday at a press conference. He says that Detroit was chosen for the Final Four six years ago.
"A lot has happened in six years," Brand says.
That's code for, "Don't blame us." This might sound crass, but Detroit was a dump then and it's a dump now. The difference is the economy has gone to crap. The auto companies continue to build sub-standard, overpriced cars that a growing number of American people don't want. That ads to the economic woes.
The NCAA and North Carolina already suffered a black eye when Carolina guard Ty Lawson admitted Thursday that he won $250 playing craps at a nearby casino.
Ah, good ol' Detroit. At least there is no crime problem and the weather is always good.
Here are some excerpts of a press conference Thursday in Detroit with Brand.
Q. Dr. Brand, downtown Detroit is an interesting location for the
Final Four. One of the attractions is three gambling casinos, and some
of the student athletes have been taking advantage of them and going
to them, quite legally. Is it all right with you if the participants
gamble or do you think it leads to a slippery slope in a sport that
has been tainted by gambling?
DR. MYLES BRAND: Well, I warn against that slippery slope. It's a
We do not permit anyone connected with intercollegiate athletics to
gamble on sports, pro or college sports. What a student does, plays
bingo in his church, for example, while we discourage that, we prefer
not to try and regulate that particular kind of activity. But it's
Q. Can you talk about being here in Detroit, the venue, the job that
they have done to prepare for the Final Four.
DR. MYLES BRAND: Yes. We've decided about coming to Detroit, I think
it was as long as six years ago. A lot has happened in six years. A
lot has happened in the last few months.
Detroit is a wonderful venue. It's really, truly outstanding. And
the city has turned out for it. We're very pleased with the reception
we've received. Everyone has not only been kind, but they've been very
helpful and professional.
We're very pleased to be in Detroit. We think this is a privilege
for us to be here, particularly at this time that Detroit is going
through some difficult financial times itself. We're happy to help and
we're happy to leave something behind, as well.
So Detroit is a great venue for us and we're fortunate to be here at